Even in small town Arkona, people know people in Thailand. It's sad that it is tragedy and disaster that pulls people together. When things are fine and good and sunny, we very easily splinter and separate over minor differences.
That, I suppose, is human folly. Yet we tap into something greater beyond ourselves when we respond to need with kindness and compassion. That too, is part of human nature: frustration and hope travel hand in hand. Nothing profound here, just grieving great loss.